Healthy Eating on the Rise in the UK: What Traditional Cuisine Says About It?

by Editorial Team | March 23rd, 2020 | Cooking Basics

When you find yourself in the United Kingdom, you need to be aware of their famous traditional cuisine. We have heard many times about UKs food, sometimes we know what it is, but for the most part, we haven’t tried it. There are many prejudices about particular national cuisines, including traditional UK cuisine. Like all other world cuisines, the UK has many advantages and disadvantages.

Changes in the Diet of British People Through History

Let’s go back to not so distant past, 100 years ago, when there were still class divisions in the British Isles, and in much of Europe, in the upper and lower classes of citizens. At that time, the poor were much healthier than the rich. Wondering why? It’s for the reason that the upper class took for themselves the “best” of food, and gave “leftovers” to their subordinates. Household meals consisted of indispensable animal entrails, primarily kidney, liver, brain…

The fatty parts of animal meat were considered a luxury so the poor were mostly given pure, fat-free meat. Also, milk fat and the famous English butter obtained from it were reserved only for the richest, with fat-free milk whey ended up on the poor’s table. Today, it’s different because the wealthier Britons are generally more educated and aware of the importance of a healthy diet for human health, while the underclass is generally the most obese in Britain.

What Did Brits Keep From Traditional Cuisine?

Today’s traditional UK cuisine has received a lot of admixtures, primarily in the form of various spices, even during the creation of the Empire, from different parts of the world, primarily from India and the countries of the Far East and the Caribbean Sea. However, many traditional dishes and eating habits have retained their basic shape and the British, as a people who hold much to tradition and change their habits very hard, continue to practice them today. 

We Reveal: Healthy Eating in the UK Is on the Rise

English breakfast. The famous English breakfast has a long tradition throughout the British Isle and is practiced by the people at home before going to work. It consists of cooked beans in tomato sauce, salmon fillets, fried eggs, toast, pork sausage with herbs, fatless bacon, orange marmalade and English tea with milk. Surely, you all noticed the beans at breakfast, quite unusual for most of the world?

The whole English breakfast is quite heavy and caloric. However, this will be justified as a very light lunch comes afterward. An alternative to English breakfast is oats in various forms, primarily in the form of oatmeal. British spend lunchtime mostly at work. Then they eat what they bring from home, which usually involves soup, a light sandwich, or vegetable salad. Five o’clock is followed by afternoon tea, while dinner consists mainly of boiled and fresh vegetables, fish or meat, ie. various pies made from the aforementioned foods. Looking at what the British eat, apart from breakfast which is heavy, lunch and dinner are quite healthy.

This tendency can be seen in the fact what food day is #1 in search of the British on the Internet. Our method of gathering statistics (Instagram hashtags + Google search volume) showed that, in the last 16 years, people in the UK increased searching for National Homemade Soup Day by 5800%. The International Carrot Day and National Potato Day are also ranked high in the list: #6 and #7, respectively.

Which British Habits to Adopt and Which Not?

What we would recommend everyone to apply from English cuisine is certainly the fact that their breakfast is by far the “strongest” meal of the day and that they don’t consume large amounts of carbohydrates during dinner. Also, fish, vegetables, and oats are foods of excellent value and should be consumed daily. An excessive amount of pork and milk fats in the diet is certainly something that shouldn’t be applied from this cuisine.

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